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HISTORY    A3SJP    HUMAN    RELATIONS

sets of documents that are in the course of publication
as a consequence of the Second World War.    Those
who argue that the public can do very well without
them might refer to the case of the American State
Department where it appears  that material  of this
particular  kind   does   not  even   exist.   The   British
publications are generous in other respects,  and as
conditions of space allow; they represent great industry-
devoted to the service of the public;  and if a better
way had not been shown us already we must have felt
how much gratitude was due for what we were being
given; we owe a great debt of gratitude for what we
actually receive in any case.   Regarded as revelations
of British foreign policy, these volumes ^are not invali-
dated by the absence of the minutes or their equivalent;
as Professor Woodward frankly states, they are only
rendered less adequate for the history of the way in
which "British foreign policy came to be arrived at and
formulated.   We must withhold perhaps a measure of
our agreement on this point, however; for the two things
are not quite separable; and the meaning or the purpose
of an instruction sent to our representative in Belgrade
may only be discoverable when we learn how the
decision came to be arrived at and know something of
the considerations which went to the making of it.
There are understandable difficulties connected with
the publication of minutes and policy-making material,
especially at an early date after the event, and the cause
of historical science in the next fifty years might have
been better served by a little longer delay, though other
interests might prefer the quicker publication even at

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